A white-collar worker has unsuccessfully challenged her dismissal for refusing to provide a urine sample for a drug and alcohol test for "personal medical reasons", with a commission stressing that office-based staff aren't "immune" from drug-related injury risks.
Three new tiers of support for workers in distress, and other employees of a major government organisation, have yielded hundreds of interactions steering participants towards better mental health, a conference has heard.
A BHP company has been criticised, by a commission, for seeking to "bundle" issues to "have enough material" to sack a worker who complained about safety matters. But the dismissal was ultimately upheld over a solitary but significant safety breach.
A doctor's role in "one of the most stressful occupations" did not excuse his conduct in bullying and denigrating workers during a complex procedure, a commission has found in upholding a sanction against the man.
A commission has rejected a "frightened elderly" worker's claim she was unfairly dismissed after pointing a pair of industrial scissors at a co-worker. She claimed she was provoked and reacted instinctively with a "fight or flight" response.
A commission has cautioned employers against doing away with procedurally fair processes when managing incidents deemed less than serious, in finding an employer caused a worker's injuries by not giving her a proper opportunity to respond to a complaint involving a police officer.